Date: July 25, 2014 | Story: Tiffany Burgess Adams | Styling: Chip Jones |
This past spring At Home in Arkansas launched our first Curb Appeal Makeover Contest. After months of anticipation, hundreds of worthy submissions, and weeks of planning and planting, we’re excited to reveal the winner of our exclusive makeover with exterior designer Daniel Keeley of DK Design
This Little Rock house had plenty going for it—a friendly neighborhood location, a curved brick pathway, and a traditional façade—but lacked a warm welcome. Follow along as Keeley reimagines the home’s front lawn area to make it feel as inviting as the family who lives here.
The first stop was Horticare Nursery, where Keeley shared his plant picks to bring the area to life. For the main landscaping, he chose arborvitae (to provide height) and boxwoods for evergreen color along with hardy hostas and begonias. The area is accented with hydrangea and Encore® azaleas for a touch of Southern charm. Window boxes, featuring impatiens, variegated liriope, and caladiums, were installed on each of the windows that flank the home. For an extra burst of color, pink Double Knock Out® roses, variegated potato vine, and asparagus fern fill the planters by the front door.
Next, it was off to Antique Brick Outdoors to select a classic bench. Since both Gentry’s mother and mother-in-law live with the family, it was important for them to have a place just outside the front door where the ladies could take in the neighborhood view. They chose a “Club” teak bench by Summer Classics with a cushion made from Sunbrella outdoor fabric.
Last, but certainly not least, the home was in need of landscape lighting to illuminate the walkway and highlight the new plantings. Keeley found just the solution—landscape accent spotlights by Kichler—at Little Rock’s Light Innovations.
When the project was complete, both Keeley and the Gentrys were thrilled with the end result. The refreshed entry not only has an inviting feel, but also a space to sit and take in the view with friends and neighbors.
SPECIAL THANKS to our lead designer and presenting sponsors who made this project possible:
Daniel Keeley, DK Design, Fayetteville, (888) 670-4899, dkdesignoutdoor.com
Antique Brick Outdoors, Little Rock, (501) 375-0060, antiquebrickoutdoors.com
Horticare Nursery, Little Rock, (501) 407-2727, horticare.net
Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026, light-innovations.com